driverless cars

A Brief History Of Airbags And The Future Of Driverless Cars

“We’ve lost more Americans on the highways than we’ve lost in all the wars that we’ve ever fought,” says Jim Hall, the former head of the National Transportation Safety Board in a new video from the New York Times. The big push in the 1960s automobile world was about the sexiness and features of the car, Hall recalls, and none of the emphasis was on safety like the then-high-tech safety device known as the air bag.


Inside Rio Tinto's Robot Mining Control Room

It turns out that blowing giant holes in the Earth to go and dig stuff out of it before carting said stuff onto a boat is actually pretty dangerous for real people. That’s why Rio Tinto has been working to automate the process for the last few years. This is how a team of remote miners controls giant trucks, explosions and diggers from over 1500km away.


Conan Shows How Google's New Cars Have No Driver -- Or Mercy

Depending on who you listen to, Google’s driverless cars are either exactly what we need or doomed to failure. But, as Conan points out, that’s all beside the point until the bugs are ironed out.


Why Google's Driverless Cars Won't Solve Our Traffic Problems

Footage of Google’s prototype driverless car has got people talking about the potential for self-driving vehicles. While this seems like an exciting new technological advance, in fact the idea is not so new, with numerous large car manufacturers having carried out their own autonomous car programmes as far back as the 1920s, with a “magic highway” system developed in California in the 1990s.


Should Your Driverless Car Kill You To Save Two Other People?

There’s a train speeding down the tracks towards five innocent people who will never get away in time. You can save them by pulling a switch, but it will kill another person on a different track. It’s a thought experiment people have debated for ages, but it’s about to become a real dilemma when we program robots to pull the switch, or not.


All Work And No Play Makes Self-Driving Cars A Dull Ploy

Back in the 1950s and ’60s, self-driving cars represented the fantastic life of luxury that was supposed to be just around the corner. But here in the 21st century we can’t even pretend that our driverless cars of the future will be filled with board games and light reading. No, our self-driving car of tomorrow will be for one thing: work.


Volvo Plans To Put Self-Driving Cars On City Streets By 2017

Volvo’s hitting the accelerator on its plan to sell self-driving cars. The Swedish (but Chinese-owned) company just announced a trial that will put 100 driverless cars on the streets of Gothenburg in 2017. They’ll navigate traffic, dodge pedestrians, and even park themselves. Pretty futuristic!


The Driverless Audi Race Car Will Make Your Commute More Terrifying Than Ever

Meet Shelley. Shelley is a driverless car unlike anything you’ve seen before. Sure, Google has its own driverless cars, but I bet the search giant isn’t taking them to racetracks for 200km/h speed tests with nobody behind the wheel. You may commence clenching now.


Nevada Finally Lets Google's Driverless Cars Loose

Earlier this year, Nevada became the first US state to approve the use of self-driving cars on its highways. Now, it’s granted its first licence for the vehicles, and it goes to — what a surprise — Google.


Google's Self-Driving Car In Four Vehicle Fender Bender

Did Google’s self-driving Prius totally just become self-aware and start attacking humans? It’s the Skynets! Nah, turns out that the human required to be inside the vehicle by law was also actually driving at the time.


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